Refurbishing and renovating your home is a very exciting endeavour indeed – and you may well be surprised at how even the smallest changes can make your house feel like new. But if you’ve completed all the quick wins and want to tackle a bigger job, what about investing in new hardwood flooring?

This will always be a popular choice for homeowners because this kind of floor covering not only looks beautiful but is also hardwearing and, if looked after properly with the help of Newcastle wooden floor care company Mitchell Flooring, it can last for years and years.

And if you have plans to sell up and move on in the near future, you’ll find that beautiful hardwood floors can really serve as a brilliant unique selling point, since they’re such a desirable feature for many these days.

But before you head to the shops and part with your hard-earned cash, you need to sit down and think about what kind of style and colour you want for your floor. What you don’t want is to spend lots of money on the product and installation, only to find you don’t like it once the flooring has been laid. Disaster!

When it comes to the colour of your floor, you need to bear in mind the grain (which is determined by the species of wood you’re going for), as well as the finish, as this will be what determines the colour of your floor in the end.

For a truly modern look, avoid anything with very deep undertones as these can look quite dated. Instead, what about warm undertones of grey? Grey is always a hugely popular shade for interiors because it’s so calming and works well with all sorts of other colours.

While it’s a good idea to look at trends in interior design, don’t be swayed by anything if you’re not completely sure about it. Trends always come and go, but style lasts forever – so try and go for something timeless if you don’t want to redecorate in a few years’ time.

One point to bear in mind when considering floor colours is how good you are at cleaning and upkeep. Lighter colours will show dirt more, so if you already know that you’re not always on top of the cleaning at home, it might be a better idea to invest in darker flooring… or get a cleaner to help!

Also consider the size of the room you’re going to be installing the floor in, as this will be a deciding factor where colour is concerned. If the room is big, warm or dark tones would work well, as they make rooms appear smaller – perfect if you’re going for a cosy look at home.

On the other side of the coin, if you have a smaller space that you want to maximise, use lighter or natural floor colours as these will really open the room up and make it seem a lot bigger than it actually is.

Find top tips for choosing the right kind of flooring over on The Spruce.